I'll be at Verizon Center tonight as the Washington Capitals face off against the Ottawa Senators in their on-going quest for win #50 of the season. Once again the Caps will face a team with more to play for as far as the standings go then them. However, there is that one thing they have left to play for in these remaining seven (7) games - pride and bragging rights. Few teams ever get a chance to win 50 games in an NHL regular season, the Caps have it and they also can't like the results of the last two outings. Hopefully that will be enough to ensure they don't come out playing tentative or ever worse sluggish tonight. We all know the team is loaded, absolutely loaded with talented players and that when they play their game they are virtually unstoppable.
Ottawa is playing for two things - their magic number to seal a playoff spot is 2 - if they win two more games or the Thrashers loose two more games, the Senators are in. That's a far cry from how things were looking for them early this season. The Senators are currently in 5th place in the East and have won their last 4 games. This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Sens and the Caps, the last time the two met, on February 11th in Ottawa, the Senators won 6-5 in regulation. In the prior two meetings Ottawa won the first meeting in November up north 4-3 in OT and then the Caps bested the Sens 5-2 the last time they visited Verizon Center on January 7th. Tonight's game should be a good one, as long as the Caps come out ready to play and focused. It looks like Alexander Ovechkin's Senator shadow - Anton Volchenkov will miss tonight's game, that should give Ovie a little more room, perhaps enough to score a couple and surpass Sidney Crosby for goal scoring lead. Also out tonight for the Senators will be Filip Kuba and Milan Michalik. Out for the Capitals are: Milan Jurcina, Boyd Gordon, Brooks Laich, Scott Walker and Brendan Morrison.
Here's to Rockin' the Red tonight and cheering the Caps on and back to form - you know 60 minutes of fast paced, high-energy ice hockey. If the Caps do that we should finish the night with win #50 locked up. I'll be in Section 103 doing my part tonight - how about y'all?
LETS GO CAPS!!!